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Mitchell Park, Durban

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
See Aldabra giant tortoises and blue duikers at Mitchell Park, the only zoo in Durban, located in the suburb of Morningside. The zoo grew out of an unprofitable ostrich farm established in 1910, and soon included meerkats, raccoons, banded mongooses, cotton-top tamarins, sunis, and black-capped squirrel monkeys. Hear stories about a beloved elephant named Nelly, a former resident who played the organ with her trunk and cracked coconuts. Walk through an aviary to see parrots, Indian peafowls, silver pheasants, scarlet ibises, and grey crowned cranes, then enjoy a cup of tea in the Blue Zoo tea garden. With a variety of playgrounds and games for children, as well as scenic picnic spots, the zoo offers a great day out for families. Before you head to Durban, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Durban online route planner, to make sure you see all that Durban has to offer, including Mitchell Park.
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  • This is one of the parks we wandered through on our cruise ship tour. Pleasant and nicely landscaped although not a knock-out. But we had a good walk in the sun.  more »
  • I asked our guide to take us to the Botanical Gardens but he recommended Mitchell Park instead. We went through the little zoo, which was cute, but the park really seems to be a nice space for kids...  more »
  • The Blue Zoo restaurant is great. Delicious food. There's a huge play ground area for kids. The zoo itself was very reasonable on entry fees. It is a bit old and could do with some TLC but the animals look happy and healthy. Great day out
  • The Mitchell Park Zoo has an amazing diversity of animals, housed in well-maintained cages. The zoo is built on the side of a fairly steep hill, meaning the walk can be challenging for some. But definitely a winner for the kiddies, where they can see everything from raccoons, crocodiles, monkeys and birds to a unique dark room where the nocturnal Bush babies are on display. There are toilets and occasionally food on sale inside the zoo. Lovely.

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